United Federation of Special
Police and Security Officers, Inc.
Charles "Chip" Strebeck, President
When first elected as your President, I committed to improving the communication between the Officers of the Union and the Members. As a first step, I have been scheduling and meeting with members on a regular basis. In some cases, it is to present a newly negotiated CBA. In others, it is simply to meet the members, update them on what is happening outside of their unit, and hear their concerns. It is at these meetings that we become aware of issues and problems that need to be brought to the attention of management and corrected.
Although I do get some feedback from members at these meetings, the actual participation is unfortunately very low. It is especially disheartening that when I get questions such as: “What does the union do for me.” We then schedule a meeting to answer that question, and sadly, have no one show up.
There is a misconception that “the Union” is the folks at the union office … its officers & business agents. That is wrong, the union is YOU the members and for it to be effective YOU the members must be united to ensure that the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), is adhered to and that you are being treated with fairness and respect. We are here simply to help you achieve those ends.
It is critically important for every member to understand the benefits of union membership, and particularly the importance of having your union represent you. Listed in the box below are just a few of the many workplace issues employees without union representation face. By negotiating an effective CBA, these issues, over time, can be corrected. Of equal importance, the employees and management have a set of rules that must be followed. When these rules are followed, there is a better workplace for employees and management alike. When the rules are not followed then we have an established grievance process to deal with the issue.
However, even with a great CBA, it is important to understand that we cannot fix a problem that we are not aware exists. YOU, the member either directly, or through your shop steward, need to make us aware of any problems so that we can help to protect your rights. I encourage you the members to attend the meetings when they are scheduled and bring strength and unity to your union.
We are here to serve and protect you the member.
Charles “Chip” StrebeckPresident